A little while ago I mentioned that I was doing GAPS intro for the second time. Now that I have finished my second round of intro, I thought it would be helpful for me to share a few things I noticed during this repeat.
As much as I was kind of dreading doing intro again, it really wasn’t too bad! It was shorter for one thing; I only spent about three weeks doing it this time around. I felt ready to move through the stages a bit more quickly after having been on GAPS for more than eight months. I was starting at a much better place healing-wise than when I did it originally.
I also had a much better sense of what I was doing this time. I had a good repertoire of dishes I was used to making. I already had lots of lard and tallow on hand. I’m an old pro at making chicken and beef stock. And even though intro is much more restrictive than full GAPS, I was at least more used to eating this way than when I started last summer.
As far as any progress in my healing, I noted before that I had seen a huge improvement in my eczema rashes. I had hoped that they would completely go away by the time I was done with intro, but that didn’t happen. Instead I discovered that my rashes are really a great indicator of how quickly to increase my probiotics, both in food and pill form.
Now that they are more under control than back in January and early February, I’ve found them to be a helpful signal of when it’s time to bump up my levels of probiotics. As my rash fades to almost nothing, I know it’s time to go ahead and increase my probiotics by a quarter of a capsule. I know my rashes are going to get worse for a few days at least. So I just wait it out and watch for them to fade. It’s so convenient having my own visual indicator light!
Part of my reason for doing intro again was also to work on getting my probiotic foods up to a high enough level. I’m now eating about half a cup of fermented veggies at each meal. It really seemed to help to increase these amounts while going through intro. I think the intro foods are so easy to digest that it made it that much easier to increase my probiotic veggies.
It’s nice to be back on full GAPS again, but I’m glad I took the time to go through intro once more. I don’t have any plans to do intro again in the near future, but I guess you should never say never!